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TWO VOICES is a unique, diverse collection of beguiling chamber music from renaissance to baroque, with splashes of folk, medieval and contemporary influence along the way! It celebrates the two singers’ trademark “beautifully clear” sound and blend, and is divided into four volumes, each exploring a different sentiment: happiness, intrigue, passion and loss.
At the core of the recording are Thomas Morley’s little known Twelve Canzonets to Two Voices (1595) a series of charming acapella duets. These weave through the four volumes and are interspersed with other varied and complimentary chamber music. For this album four of these Morley canzonets feature viol in place of a tenor voice - instruments taking vocal lines being a common practice at the time.
Rooted in their passion for, and specialism in, early music, TWO VOICES is packed with music from their current concert programmes The Trials & Triumphs of Oriana, Silver Baroque and A Noble Thief: The Legend of Robin Hood, as well as music chosen specially for this project. Fair Oriana’s programmes tend to combine the ancient with the brand new, and their debut album is no exception, with commissions from contemporary composers Fraser Wilson and Owain Park.